GSS Featured Wedding :: Sepideh & Hasan’s Exquisite Persian Wedding :: Ben Sassani Photography

Happy Friday, Lovelies!!! Today’s featured wedding comes from Ben Sassani of Sassani Photography. He is a Houston, Texas based wedding photographer. Ben has been so very accommodating to GSS on this feature. Thank you!

Sepideh & Hasan were married at Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas on August 25, 2012.  Sepideh was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

For those of you who have never experienced a Persian wedding (us included):  “The main tradition of a Persian wedding is the Persian ceremony also called the “Sofreh Aghd.”  The Sofreh Aghd consists of many items, each with a specific meaning.  You can find a link of the breakdown of each item by clicking here.”    

How did you and Hasan meet?   We met through Hasan’s best friend, Zade.  I was good friends with Zade’s girlfriend but I had not met Hasan before.  I went out just to have a good time with her, but I happened to meet Hasan and  it was love at first sight. 

 How long have you been together?  We have been together for 2 years and 4 months. 

How did Hasan propose?  Hasan set up a get together with a bunch of friends at a wine room.  Everyone was having  a good time and then Hasan was like “Hey guys lets take a group picture by the Christmas tree!” (It was December 17) As we all started to pose for the picture Hasan got down on one knee and popped the question in front of everyone.  It was a magical moment.  

What sold you on your wedding venue?  From the time I was a child, my dream wedding venue was somewhere that had a very nice view.  When planning rolled around we only checked out two places that had good views.  One was the Westin Galleria, and the other was the Petroleum Club in downtown.  Because of the Persian culture it was important for me to have somewhere that would cater the Persian food I was trying to have and unfortunately the Petroleum Club did not do so.  That was when I chose the Westin Galleria.  Not only did they have a great view it was also very spacious and fit my dream venue requirements  perfectly.  My wedding was on the 24th floor.  

Your dress is gorgeous (Seriously. To. Die. For.) , where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?   It was from Winnie Couture.  Originally the dress was not that extravagant.  It was a plain dress with a mermaid trail.  But I wanted something a little more detailed.  Luckily, they were able to add  the beading to the top of the  dress to make it how I wanted it to look.  The moment I wore my wedding dress I knew it was the dress I always dreamed of.  It was like a Princess dress!!!

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  I always wanted a black/white wedding with a pop of color, so the final colors were black, white, fuchsia, and green.

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process?  I would advise any future bride and grooms to be very relaxed in planning.   Take your time, make sure you love everything you have, and enjoy every moment of your wedding because it is once in a lifetime. 

 What song did you dance to for your first dance? Our first dance was by Celine Dion “Because you loved me.” The song lyrics described our feelings towards each other.

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Our favorite part of the wedding was when we both finally got to see each other.  The way they planned it was they had Hasan waiting in the ceremony room with his back turned towards the door I was planning on coming through.  While he had his back turned they asked me to walk in and as soon as Hasan turned around and saw me it was like the first time all over again…so magical. 


Venue: The Westin Galleria, Houston, Texas

Dress: Winnie Couture

Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie

Floral: Darryl & Co.

Linens: Daryl & Co.

Catering: Cafe Caspian

Dj: DJ Empire

Videography: Luxe Films Houston

Stationery: Memories of Today

Event Planner: Mai Dang of Honeydew Events

Sofreh Aghd: Sofreh Chic

Hair & Makeup: Kristin Daneill  {My hair stylist was phenomenal, she gave me the exact hair style I wanted and for make up I decided to do air brush….best idea ever!! I would recommend air brushing for any bride for the future.}

Photography: Sassani Photography

Thank you so much, Ben, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by his website and blog and show him some love! And thank you, Sepideh, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and Hasan a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Nikki & Joel’s Backyard Wedding :: Rebekah Westover Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! We have a special treat for you today.  We have an absoultely beautiful wedding to feature today from Rebekah of Rebekah Westover Photography. Rebekah Westover Photography is a Utah based wedding photographer.  She has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have really enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Nikki and Joel were married June 30, 2012 in Utah .  Nikki was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:


How did you and Joel meet? I love it when people ask this question. Actually, no, I love it when people ask Joel this question, because I love watching his embarrassed face as he tells them that we met in an ice skating class during our first semester of college. (He’s a manly man, I promise.) 

How long have you been together? About 4 years. We were apart for a couple of years in the middle of that, but we kept in hopeful contact, and I never stopped thinking about him, so in my book it counts.

How did Joel propose? For Valentine’s Day he surprised me with plane tickets to San Diego so we could get out of snowy Utah and spend a weekend with his family. He proposed down there at one of my absolute favorite places. 

What sold you on your wedding venue? We were married in the Bountiful, Utah LDS temple, and our reception was held in my grandparents’ backyard just a few cities away from there. Both locations are absolutely beautiful, and a simple, fun, classy backyard reception just felt like “us.” Plus, my grandma has been hinting about having my reception in her backyard since I was about, you know, 12.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one?” It took me all of three hours to find my wedding dress. I know, right? My mom and I went shopping on one random Saturday, simply to look for ideas, nothing serious. We found the dress in the second store we went to, and it was perfect. I didn’t need to keep looking. 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue?” To be honest, considering this is one of the most classic wedding traditions in the book, I didn’t really think about it too much. I’m sure we had one of each of those things, but I didn’t really plan for any of them. 

How did you choose your wedding color palette? It was a summer wedding, so I really liked the idea of using bright, summer-y colors and flowers. I found a picture of a bouquet on Pinterest that I loved, and basically just used it as a basis for a color palette for everything else. 

What song did you dance to for your first dance? “What If I Loved You?” by Joey Gian

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process? Oh, I could probably go on for pages saying little things about this or that– things to do, things to not do, things I wish I had done– but those are the things that everyone just sort of figures out, no big deal. Looking back I have to say that the one piece of advice I’m really glad I took to heart, was how much more important and exciting my marriage was going to be to me than my wedding. Don’t get me wrong, as far as I’m concerned, our wedding day was amazing, and important, and exciting…best day of my life, hands down. Everything was beautiful and perfect, and everyone who came had so much fun, which is just what we wanted. But it was a day. One day…that I spent five months planning for and, occasionally, stressing over. What’s really made that day so special has come after, because every day since then I’ve fallen more and more in love with that goofy, painfully handsome man standing next to me in all those pictures. 

What was your favorite part of your big day? The groom. :)


Venue:  Ceremony: Bountiful, Utah LDS temple      Reception: My grandparent’s house

Dress: Mary’s Bridal

Cake: Salt Cake City

Floral: L & Co. Floral

Linens: Specialty Linens

Catering: Utah Celebrations Catering

DJ/Band: Rich, Complete Music DJ

Videographer: Jesse Felter, Liquid Vision Films

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Jenny Martin

Event Planner: (Day of coordinator) Carrie Parker, White Ginger Events

Thank you so much, Rebekah, for sharing this amazing engagement session with us! Please stop by her website and her blog and show her some love! And thank you, Nikki, for taking your time to answer our questions and sharing your proposal pictures with us! We wish you and Joel a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Laura & John’s Beautiful Backyard Texas Wedding :: Gideon Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Jimmy of Gideon Photography, a Utah based wedding photographer. Jimmy has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with him on this feature.

Laura and John were married on March 3, 2012 in a black tie wedding on the Guadalupe River in Hunt, Texas. This was a beautiful and classy southern wedding, with all the charm from the decor, to the beautiful lighting, to the stunning couple. Laura was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and John meet?  John and I first met when we were 16 years old at a tiny local rodeo and dance hall called Crider’s, just a few miles away from our wedding site. We danced and stayed up all night by the river talking. The night ended with an innocent kiss and we didn’t see one another again until Easter of 2011. A few weeks before easter, John wrote me a letter saying that he had thought about me over the years and said that if I was ever in Hunt, Texas again that we should meet up. I was living in Washington DC at the time and John was living in Houston. I wrote him back and told him that I was going to Hunt, TX with my family and that he was welcome to stop by during the weekend. John wrote me back and said that he couldn’t make it that weekend, but hoped we could meet up in the future. John owns  a moving company called Point2Point, based in Houston and the very next day he got a call from someone that hired his company to move them from Hunt to Houston on that good Friday. So, of course he wrote me again and said that he would be there. Sure enough, he showed up at my family reunion! He was so handsome when he pulled up at the house that I felt like a 16 year old girl again. Three weeks later we were engaged. 

How long have you been together?  Almost a year and a half. 

How did Scott propose?   John proposed by the side of the bed as I was falling asleep. I had just flown to Houston to visit him and met his parents for dinner earlier that night. I now think back to his poor parents that were probably worried sick at dinner, knowing that their son was about to propose to a girl he barely knew. My in-laws are the absolute best and they could not have been more open and kind to me. 

What sold you on your wedding venue?  We call my grandparents’ house ‘Casita’. It is my favorite place on earth. All of my favorite childhood memories are at Casita where we spent our summers swimming and fishing on the guadalupe river. It is also the place where John and I met and re-met 10 years later, so it is a very special place for both of us. 

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  I knew my dress was the one because I felt so beautiful in it. It is timeless, modest, and something that both John and my grandparents would love. 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My something old was this tiny, gold four leaf clover that had my grandparents’ wedding date and initials engraved in it. My grandmother wore it in her wedding shoes for good luck and so did I. 

How did you choose your wedding color palette? I didn’t really have a ‘palette’- I just knew I wanted my bridesmaids to wear something black lace because it was easy to find and something that they might wear again. My vision for the wedding was for it to be a black-tie wedding with a relaxed, hill country feel. The guests sipped cocktails during the ceremony and the whole night was just unstructured and fun. George Brownley, created the incredible table flowers after we went to a flower market and I showed him what I liked. I trusted his taste so much that I just knew whatever he put together would be beautiful. 

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process?  Don’t sweat the details! I know this is a wedding blog, so your readers might disagree- But the truth is-  Guests do not care about the wedding favors you give them, the signs on the back of your chairs, or the million other things you see on Pintrest or wedding blogs and then feel like you need them. Just focus on the basics and the fact that you are marrying the love of your life. I was so relaxed and happy the day of my wedding that nothing could have brought me down! 

What song did you dance to for your first dance? ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King. 

What was your favorite part of your big day?   My favorite part was the moment we kissed and were declared husband and wife. I accidentally jumped the gun early and kissed him mid-ceremony. The words of my bishop during the ceremony were so personal to John and I that it made the ceremony feel so intimate. John and I walked back down the aisle and held each other. My heart was so filled with love for him and it was without a doubt, the happiest moment of my life.  


Venue: My grandparents’ home in Hunt, Texas

Dress: Monique Lullhier 

Cake:  Finale’ by Glenna

Floral: George Brownley

Linens: Marquee Rental Group

Catering: Johnny Borrayo

DJ/Band: Mike and the Moon Pies

Videographer: Kate Graves

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Mr. Boddington through Ph Design Shop, Houston

Event Planner: I didn’t have a wedding  planner and did most of it on my own.  I will say that George Brownley, my florist, was so much more than a florist! His table settings, flowers, and vision for the tent made the event. Slick from Marquee Rental Group handled everything else- the parking, the heaters, the tent and other rentals, and lighting around the property. I really don’t know what I would have done without either of them! 

Thank you so much, Jimmy, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by his website and show him some love! And thank you, Laura, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and John a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Wedding Cake Trends 2012 :: Uniquely Inspired Cake Ideas :: Maggie Austin Cakes

We love cake and we especially love these inspired designs that incorporate unique ideas. A Tiffany Stained Glass inspired cake, ruffles, pearls, and there’s  more!  Maggie Austin Cakes are truly jaw dropping….just see for yourself on her site.

Following her career as a classical ballet dancer, Maggie was accepted into the L’art de la Pâtisserie program at the French Pastry School. Under the instruction and guidance of world-renowned chefs and pastry champions, including directors Sébastien Canonne and Jacquy Pfeiffer, Maggie trained using the very best techniques and ingredients. Graduating from the program with honors, Maggie immediately began an internship at Charlie Trotter’s, a Mobil Five Star, AAA Five Diamond, and 10-time James Beard Foundation award winner that is recognized as one of the finest restaurants in the world.  Through the direct mentorship of executive pastry chef Della Gossett, Maggie’s commitment to excellence was solidified.

Girls dream in Tiffany Blue. This Tiffany Stained Glass inspired cake is a dream come true for many.

How about some ruffles? Yes, please and super-size them. This design is so delicate and feminine.

Clean and modern? No problem…she’s got this. Ribbon and a little ruffles on the side.

Bright and lady-like….styles that fit all brides styles. Maggie is a great artist.

Be sure to visit her site to get inspired for your cake or order a masterpiece from this artist!

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GSS’s Things We LOVE :: Le Paperie Studio

We stumbled across Le Paperie Studio while browsing Edyta Szyszlo Photography’s blog.  Edyta had blogged about these adorable and FUN “Smitten Sticks” created by Le Paperie Studio.  When we traveled over to Le Paperie Studio’s Etsy site to check them out, we feel head over heels for all things Le Paperie Studio!  So, what started out as a post on “Smitten Sticks” has turned out to be a post on how much we LOVE Le Paperie Studio’s work!  Here are some of  our favorites from Le Paperie Studio:

First and foremost, the Smitten Sticks:

THE ORIGINAL Smitten Sticks™ kit inspired by Edyta Szyszlo Photography and designed by Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio.  Now available in two more color combos and ready to ship within 5 days of your order.  This kit is an exclusive design of Le Papier Studio.  LAST DAY TO ORDER ANY SMITTEN STICKS KITS IS DEC.1ST, 2010. KITS WILL BE DISCONTINUED AFTER THAT DATE. GET THEM WHILE THEY LAST!!!

Custom Family Silhoutte Prints:


This includes the set of 3 silhouette prints at the bottom of the image OR you can order just the middle silhouettes.  These would make a wonderful and meaningful wedding gift.  These are SO sweet and we adore them!


Hearts and Hands Print:

This design would would look awesome framed and on your guest table.  It comes in 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, 12×18, and 13×19.  Hey, if you order the biggest size, this could also work as your guestbook!  Le Paperie Studio also uses this design as Save the Dates too!

Custom Silhouette Recessed Rocket Necklace – A Modern Heirloom:

WE LOVE THIS NECKLACE!!!  Grooms, this would make an unbelievably thoughtful and beautiful wedding gift for your bride!

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!  We hope you are now just as much in love with Le Paperie Studio as we are!

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GSS Guest Blogger :: Sharin Whitesitt :: Fabulous Hair Tips for Your Wedding Day!

We have the utmost privilage of having Dallas Hair Stylist, Sharin Whitesitt of Select Salon, as a guest blogger for Groom Sold Separately today! She is here to give us her fabulous hair tips for your wedding day!  We are so excited and beyond thrilled to have Sharin lend her expertise and experience with us!

So, without further ado…. Ladies and Gentlemen, here is Sharin!

Hopefully everything goes exactly right on your wedding day, but don’t leave your hair to chance! Helpful tips to make sure yours, your bridesmaid’s, and even your future husband’s hair looks nothing short of fabulous on your big day:

– Find a stylist~Maybe you have a regular stylist? If so, ask them if they do updo’s and if they’re willing to travel. Why? Coordinating your entire wedding party to travel in order to get ready at the salon is difficult and also very stressful. You’ll already be anxious worrying about the caterer, music, the venue, etc., there’s no need to worry about your hair. Usually, the more bridesmaids you have, the more of a discount you’ll receive from your stylist.

– Dirty it up~ Clean hair is hard to work with, especially if it’s finely textured, and you have a ton of it. Don’t shampoo your hair the day of the wedding. Shampooing the morning before the big day is ideal. If the person doing your hair believes it’s too dirty, they can simply shampoo it. However, especially with fine hair, it requires a lot of product to achieve the “sticky” factor, and this may weigh hair down. Also, the shine of dirty hair adds to your finished look. Many models that I work with, shampoo only once a week! 

-Picture this~ There are many ways to speak “Hair”. Some people say frizzy when they mean fly-aways. To make sure you and your stylist are on the same page, go in for a consultation. I recommend going at least 3 weeks in advance. Bring along magazine or Internet pictures of your ideal wedding hair to show your stylist. Its important to make sure you both have the same style in mind. I often ask clients to bring several different pictures, so I can see the different angles, or mix it up (i.e. curls like this one, smooth bangs like that one.) While there, ask your stylist if you need a trim, maybe a deep conditioning, color retouch, etc. Make sure you bring any accessories or veil that you’ll be wearing.           

-Be realistic~Not everyone has the same hair type or density. When choosing a hairstyle for you, understand that it may or may not work. Some pictures are captured in a split second of the models movement in order to portray a certain transfer of energy, while others may be edited to add shadow for dimension. If your style doesn’t turn out exactly how you imagined, ask to have it redone. Unlike a haircut that takes months to grow out, updo’s and styles are fairly simple to move and reshape, as long as you ask before the final spritz of hairspray.     

-It’s a small world~ Being in the beauty industry, I know quite a few makeup artists. If you choose to do your own makeup on your wedding day, great! However, you may feel pressured for time. If this is the case, ask your stylist if they do makeup, or know anyone they would recommend. Usually, if one person does both hair and makeup, plan for 1.5 hours per person in your bridal party. If there’s another person to do makeup, you can save time, switching the girls back and forth between the hair and makeup artists.

-Make a list~ Amongst the chaos, you may become a little scatterbrained trying to keep everything straight. Make a list of names to give your stylist. This way, the stylist won’t waste time asking, and interrupting special moments. If more people show up and would also like to get their hair done (usually the mothers of the bride and groom), ask your stylist if they have time and what the additional costs would be. Usually there is enough time for everyone, and it never hurts to ask!

-Wear a button-down~ It’s important to be comfortable and relaxed while you enjoy your day of pampering, but it’s also important for a smooth transition into your dress. Make sure to wear something that doesn’t have to be pulled over your head after your hair is done. A button up shirt is a good idea, but don’t wear a camisole or tank top underneath. It’s painful to watch perfectly spiraled curls, frizz up, and it takes time to repair.

– Inform your bridesmaids~Let your bridesmaids (especially the MOH) know if you’re having someone do hair and makeup pre-ceremony. If you want the bridal party to have the same hairstyle, let them know! If they each want something different, ask them do research and get examples to show the stylist. If there’s something specific about someone’s hair the stylist should know beforehand (i.e. extensions, accessories, men’s styling) call your stylist ahead of time, so they will be prepared.

 I hope this helps you have a smooth, less frantic day-of-your-wedding. And remember, if you have any questions; don’t hesitate to call your stylist. If they are busy, don’t hesitate to call me!

You can check out some of Sharin’s amazing work by checking out her Myspace Page, Facebook Page, or her Model Mayhem Page.  Please be sure to show her some love on her pages!  Also, if you’d like to set up an appointment with Sharin at Select Salon, here’s the contact information:

3526 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219-4947

Photography Credits:  Image Courtesy of Don Mamone Photography          Model:  Melissa           Hair:  Hair by Sharin

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Introducing Gracy Luxe :: Gracylu Originals Couture Bridal Line!!!

Happy Friday, Lovelies!  The weekend is finally beginning!  Back in 2010 we fell head over heels in love with Gracylu Originals’ GORGEOUS headpieces and sashes.  (You can see our previous post about Gracylu Originals by clicking here.)  And just when we thought we couldn’t love Tristan’s (founder of Gracylu Originals) pieces more…  She has now expanded her brand and created an absolutely stunning couture bridal line named Gracy Luxe! OH. MY. GOODNESS…. We just about died when we saw her new pieces, which include but are not limited to:  Hair fascinators, bolero jackets, blushers and veils.  She also creates custom ordres as well.  So, without further ado, we are so excited to introduce you to Gracy Luxe!

“Hello friends!

 Welcome to my brand new online home, Gracy Luxe! I’m thrilled you’re here and hope you’ll feel as cozy here as I do.2012 has brought some amazing changes to my life and business – and as I reign in my focus on what’s truly important (my faith & my family), the next path of my journey has become incredibly clear: GracyLu Originals is growing up. She’s been my baby in every sense of the word and I thank you all for your constant love and support of this little business of mine. The time has come however for an evolution. GracyLu is every so gracefully stepping aside to allow her gorgeous ‘older sister’ to step in.So please join me in warmly welcoming Gracy Luxe to the family! She’s older and wiser, full of wisdom and romance. She harbors elegance and whimsy, she hasabsolutely and completely stolen my heart.With my focus shifting to not only include but put my family first, I knew some change was in order. When GracyLu Originals was born I had no idea the vast places it would take me and the sheer amount of time and energy and love that would go into it. In order to continue to flourish, I decided Gracy Luxe needed a team.
A team of ‘siblings’ if you will that together create the whole of the family. These talented artists from far and wide stand by my side, ensuring you see gorgeous photos, a beautiful web site, and of course the loveliest of products.I am beyond excited to venture into this new line, and look so forward to you, my friends, joining me. Stay tuned in the days and weeks ahead as I introduce Gracy Luxe to you all. Until then, bookmark and visit often!
Lots of love, T”


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GSS Featured Wedding :: Summer & Chad’s Country Chic Wedding :: Anna Pociask Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!  We’re officially halfway through the work week and we have a FAB-U-LOUS wedding feature to help celebrate!  Today’s gorgeous featured wedding comes from Anna of Anna Pociask Photography, a Huntsville, Alabama (previously of Fort Worth, TX- Shout out!!) wedding photographer.  We are beyond thrilled to have the privilage of featuring her work and we thank Anna for being so sweet and easy to work with. 

Summer and Chad were married in a beautiful country chic summer wedding in Jasper, Alabama.  Here’s what Anna had to say about this sweet wedding:

“Country chic meets Hollywood. This bride oozed with beauty that reminded me of Hollywood glamour. However, her sweet southern twang would give away she was not from the West and all southern.;)

When arriving to the venue I knew it was going to be filled with glorious details. The barn was nestled back into the woods, with glorious hills surrounding. I will let the pictures tell the story…..”

” My favorite part of her dress was the lace that came up and around her neck. So classic, southern, and beautiful.”



“Her dress, veil, bouquet all were DIVINE.”

“I wanted to take home all of the bridesmaids dresses. All came from Altered State and Prestons. Love those places!”


Thank you so much, Anna, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by her website and show her some love! And Summer and Chad, we wish you a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Guest Blogger :: Tips on Tipping Wedding Professionals with Sarabeth Events

We have the utmost privilege of having Dallas Event Planner, Sarabeth Quattlebaum of Sarabeth Events, as a guest blogger for Groom Sold Separately today!  We are so excited and beyond thrilled to have Sarabeth lend her expertise and experience with us! 

We know that it can be stressful and confusing when it comes to tipping your wedding professionals… Should you tip?  If so, which ones should you tip?  And how much?  Fortunately for us, Sarabeth has the scoop on tipping your wedding professionals!

So, without further ado…. Ladies and Gentlemen, here is Sarabeth!

We recently attended an oh-so-delicious-and-informational American Association of Certified Wedding Planners meeting at the beautiful Crow Collection of Asian Art. This months’ topic was Money, Money, Money (who doesn’t like to talk about that?!).  One of the most important things we discussed was a standard on tipping that we’d like to pass on to you!

Side tip: If you are personally extending the gratuities to wedding professionals or if you are having your wedding planner/coordinator extraordinaire perform this gracious task, it is polite to have the money in a sealed, marked envelope with a personal note included.  Most vendors won’t accept a wad of cash out of your pocket, so please add a special touch for this special thank you!


“Tipping is a personal expression of gratitude for service delivered graciously and efficiently. The numbers below are only guidelines and apply when gratuities are not included in the bill. If you are unsure of whether they are covered, or if you are confused about when and how much to tip, just ask. Tips are generally larger in big cities and upscale environments. Be sure to work these figures into your overall wedding budget well in advance. “

  • Whom to Tip: Club Catering, Venue Coordinator or Banquet Manager.
  • How much to Tip: Given for extraordinary service at your discretion.
  • When and By Whom: Given at the end of reception or the next day, with a note of thanks included.
  • Whom to Tip: Waiters and waitresses.
  • How much to Tip: Usually not tipped directly.
  • When and By Whom: Usually figured in to the total bill by venue. If not, the customary 15% will do nicely.
  • Whom to Tip: Bartenders.
  • How much to Tip: 10% of total liquor bill.
  • When and By Whom: Often figured in to the total bill by venue. If not, the reception host or wedding consultant pays the top in an envelope near the end of the reception.
  • Whom to Tip: Powder-room or Coatroom attendants.
  • How much to Tip: $.50-$1.00 per guest, or arrange a gratuity with the hotel or club management.
  • When and By Whom: The reception host should pay in advance, so that the appropriate sign, “Gratuities Have Been Arranged By The Host”, can be displayed.
  • Whom to Tip: Parking Attendants
  • How much to Tip: $1.00-$3.00 per car, or arrange a gratuity with the hotel or club management.
  • When and By Whom: The reception host should pay in advance, so guests will not be expected to pay.
  • Whom to Tip: Limousine Driver
  • How much to Tip: 15-20% of total limousine bill.
  • When and By Whom: The host or the wedding consultant tips the driver at the delivery site.
  • Whom to Tip: Entertainment
  • How much to Tip: $20-$50.00 each
  • When and By Whom: The reception host or wedding consultant offers in envelopes at the end of the reception.
  • Whom to Tip: Acolytes, Cantors, Soloists, Choir Members, Organist
  • How much to Tip: $5 for alter assistants, $25 for cantors and choir members, $25-$40 for organist, $25-$50 for soloists
  • When and By Whom: Sometimes the payment is taken care of through your church fee. If not, use the above guidelines.
  • Whom to Tip: Florist, Photographer, Film Maker
  • How much to Tip: 15% of total bill.
  • When and By Whom: Usually no need to tip above contracted price unless vendor has gone above and beyond and provided excellent service.
  • Whom to Tip: Hair | Makeup Artist
  • How much to Tip: 15-20% of total bill
  • When and By Whom: Upon conclusion of the service.

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